St Levan 10k is on Friday, 16 August 2019.
10k starts at 7pm and the Children’s race at 6.15pm
St Levan Playing Field, B3315 between Polgigga and Trethewey, Penzance, TR19 6LR
Part of the Cornish Grand Prix Series 2018 and the Mini Grand Prix Series 2019 (15-19-year-olds)
The St Levan 10k is a popular Summer’s evening fixture on the Cornish road running calendar with a field of around 350 competitors (made up of approximately 50% locals and 50% holiday-makers) taking part annually.
The event is noted for its friendly ‘village sports’ feel and family atmosphere, with anything up to 100 children taking part in the associated 2 mile race. The race is sponsored by The Logan Rock Inn, a well known local watering hole, where many a post race inquest has been held over a meal and several pints of Cornish ale. Facilities at St Levan playing field are excellent, with ample parking, refreshments, toilets and changing rooms.
The course has been officially verified by the county measurer (South 13/234) and takes in country lanes and minor roads. It is predominantly left-handed, rural, scenic, almost traffic free, well marshalled and signposted, with accurately positioned mile markers.
The route is described as ‘undulating’ by most Cornish runners, many of whom have recorded their PBs on it. Visitors from East Anglia tend to describe it either as ‘hilly’ or ‘bloody hilly’ while Northern fell running types tend to consider it a bit ‘soft’. True, there are a couple of pulls around the course, but these are more than compensated by a couple of descents and a great deal of fast level ground.
The start is on the road (B3315) outside the methodist chapel. From here, the runners head West, taking a sharp right hand turn and then a bit of a pull past the duck pond at Polgigga. At the top of the hill, runners cross to the right, before taking a right hand turn through Trebehor. With nearly a mile gone, a long descent begins down to Bottoms, where the runners swing round to the left and up a long pull to Bosfranken farm (2 miles). A flat section follows before a descent into another valley at the entrance to Penrose, followed by a long pull out, past the drinks station, to the high point of the course at Trevear farm (3.5 miles approx). The next 1.5 miles are either downhill or flat via Brew and back to the main (B3315) road. The runners turn left and, after a bit of a pull, the last kilometre is all downhill or flat and fast, back past the duck pond and finishing with a lap around the playing field to enthusiastic applause and commentary.
WHERE IS ST LEVAN? (click on maps to enlarge)
The parish of St Levan is tucked away in the far south-western corner of Cornwall and is made up of several small communities, there is no village of ‘St Levan’ as such. The race venue is at the parish playing field, situated between Polgigga and Trethewey on most maps. Do not be tempted to go to ‘St Levan’ as marked on most maps – this refers to the site of the parish church and is several miles away from the venue at the end of a long, narrow and busy road.
Directions to St Levan playing field: On the A30 from Penzance towards Land’s End take turning left to St.Buryan (B3283) From St.Buryan follow signs for Porthcurno (Minack Theatre) for approximately 3 miles. Do not turn off to Porthcurno but continue on the main road (B3315) for approximately 300 metres. St Levan playing field is on the right hand side past the Methodist chapel. Another way to get there is to take the A30 to Land’s End and just before you get there take the left-hand turning. This road will take you all the way to the playing field. It will be signposted from Drift/Catchall.
Look out for the flags.